In addition to works of art to view and purchase, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts features performances by local vocalists and bands.
Saturday, March 4th
10:00 – 11:00 am Leon Majcen
Leon Majcen is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Clearwater, FL, whose original songs are listened to on a daily basis by a national audience on SiriusXM’s The Coffee House channel.
Leon first got his start by playing at local open mic nights at coffeeshops and bars in the area. After writing his first song at only ten years old, he continues to write and produce his material while constantly developing his sound and image. With a rapidly growing fan-base, Leon humbly continues to pursue his passion by performing at various Tampa Bay locales and writing meaningful, heartfelt lyrics that relate to real life experiences of his and others around him.
With just his voice and guitar, Leon Majcen’s charming melody has drawn comparisons to the works of John Mayer and The Lumineers as well as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Acme Jazz Garage
Jazz, blues, funk and fusion meet in the combustible sound of Acme Jazz Garage. The Tampa-based band has played its eclectic, groove-driven music for receptive audiences at the Gasparilla Music Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, WMNF Tropical Heatwave, the Palladium, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe and other festivals and venues around Florida. The band’s first full-length recording of original music, a self-titled CD released in 2016, has been played on more than 30 radio stations around the US, and received positive reviews in the pages of Relix magazine, LA Jazz Scene, Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes and other publications. Acme’s music is available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.
1:30 – 3:30 pm Rosewood Creek
Rosewood Creek is based in Saint Petersburg, Florida and plays Rocking Americana and Roots-Rock music. Their show is high energy and appeals to all ages. Most of the band’s material is original, written by one of the three songwriters in the band. Cover songs are sprinkled through the sets but they are carefully chosen, presented in the band’s unique style, and are not songs that have been overdone.
Three of the four members sing, and three part harmonies are often heard. In addition to the bass and drums of the rhythm section, you will hear acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string and lapsteel guitars, mandolin, fiddle, percussion and maybe even a banjo or ukulele. Cover songs are by a diverse range of artists including Lucinda Williams, Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mark Knopfler, Donna the Buffalo, Richard Thompson, and a host of others.
4:00 – 5:45 pm Patchouli and Terra Guitarra
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra is master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli.
ZMR calls Terra Guitarra “one of the top neuvo-flamenco groups in the world”, with a #1 and two top 5 internationally charting albums and multiple “Album of the Year” nominations. Patchouli is a folk festival headliner and Public Radio favorite with pure, haunting lead vocals and beautiful harmonies. Their sound, depth and virtuosity is described as “Simon and Garfunkel meets the Gipsy Kings” and “taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”
Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, spine tingling vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems are infused with a visible onstage chemistry. An extraordinary bond is immediately apparent as two guitars merge into one acoustic wall of sound and their innovative, percussive flat-picking and hybrid fingerstyle techniques leave even astute listeners wondering where the drummer is.
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra have performed over 3,500 shows, toured a million miles on the road supporting 20 CD releases, won songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, film and are played on Radio programs around the world.
More info at www.patchouli.net
Experience the Animated Painting Concert Landscape of Guitar
Sunday, March 5th
10:00 – 11:00 am Kat Baumback
Kat grew up playing church music in Orlando FL, starting with voice and flute and later picking up brass and guitar. Now 26, she frequently gigs with her acoustic guitar and has her own home recording studio. Her vocal style is inspired by urban, pop and soul artists such as Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and Tori Kelly. Her originals speak of the little insanities behind normal, everyday life. She plans to release an EP with her band in Spring 2017.
11:30am – 1:00 pm All Day Tuck
Tampa trio complete with singer/songwriter Jake Bennett, classicly trained cello player George Alexander, and percussionist Denny Umphreys. The band formulated late in 2016 and currently working on a full-length album at Clear Track Studios, Clearwater FL. Combining acoustic melodies, warm string patterns, and rocking back beat rhythm, All Day Tuck keeps the listeners asking for more.
1:30 – 3:00 pm Serotonic
Serotonic (ser·oh·tah·nick) is based on friendship and a sincere love for music. Formed in the Tampa Bay area in 2010, the five-piece group has rapidly progressed from a best-kept secret to a household name.
Serotonic’s unique approach to songwriting bridges the gap between conventional music and innovation. Elements of funk and jazz are prevalent, but the band’s inspiration comes from many genres. Diverse audiences are captivated by the band’s pocket grooves, catchy melodies, subtle dynamics, and savory harmonies.
Serotonic values live performance as their most vital means of communication with listeners. You can find them at many of Florida’s favorite clubs and festivals.
3:30 – 5:00 pm Kraig Kenning
Kraig Kenning is an Americana/ Fingerstyle/Blues singer-songwriter, and National Slide Guitar Champion from Chicago.
Touring the past 20 years he has evoked comparisons to inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bruce Cockburn, Michael Hedges, Jackson Browne, and Leo Kottke.
Kraig plays from the heart and his commitment equals the best in the business. He has opened for such greats as: Sonny Landreth, Mick Taylor, Charlie Daniels, Willy Porter, Pierre Bensusan.
He has sold over 70,000 CDs from the stage as an independent recording artist.
Kraig has performed at the Chicago Blues Fest for over 10 years. He also performs biannually as a featured artist at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Emcee: Greg Wolf
Greg is a graduate of The University of South Florida, having been involved in the Tampa music scene since 1995. Greg was enrolled at USF when he started his own radio show on 760 WBDN-AM. In 1998, Greg secured a gig at Tampa Bay’s Party Station, WiLD 98.7 FM (now WiLD 94.1). Starting out as a street teamer, Greg worked his way up through the Promotions ranks, becoming Assistant Promotions Director within two years. From there he leaped to a full-time on-air gig and quickly became the #1 Arbitron rated night show in Tampa Bay for seven years straight.
In 2006, Greg made the jump into bigger arenas and served as Marketing Director & In-Arena Host for the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) until 2009. It was in 2009 when he was snatched up by Clear Channel Radio (now iHeartRadio/iHeartMedia) to take over the role as Promotions Director for 95.7 The Beat, Tampa Bay’s Hip-Hop and R&B station, as well as Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio 620 WDAE & Newsradio 970 WFLA. Greg continued in that role until February 2016 when he decided to step aside from the radio world to focus 100% on his dream; Street Laced.
In 2012, Greg returned to serve as the In-Arena Host for the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) and for the Arena Football League’s, Tampa Bay Storm (AFL). He has also taken on that same role for the University of South Florida’s Football & Basketball Programs(NCAA) and continues all of those duties today.